After 10 unprecedented years as the best-selling non-fiction hardback in history, Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? is being re-tooled and re-released by Zondervan”There is an entire generation who was too young to read The Purpose Driven Life 10 years ago but are now asking the critical question of , ‘What on earth am I here for?'” said Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. “This anniversary edition represents a new approach for a new generation incorporating a new understanding of barriers that keep people from finding their purpose, based on thousands of readers’ letters I have received.”
The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For? 10th anniversary edition will feature two additional chapters addressing the issues of “The Envy Trap–I must be like you to be happy” and “The People-Pleaser Trap–I must be liked by you to be happy,” taking the book from a 40-day to a six-week individual or small group study. In addition, QR codes and Web links are incorporated, providing a video intro and 30-minute audio message by Warren for each chapter as well as access to an online community.
Over the last 10 years, The Purpose Driven Life has transformed countless lives, selling more than 32 million copies worldwide in 50 languages, including Afrikaans, Arabic, Farsi, Rwandan, Sango, Swahili and Zulu.
When The Purpose Driven Life first released in 2002, it simultaneously hit No. 1 on the four major best-seller lists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly. The hardback edition won the 2003 and 2004 ECPA Christian Book of the Year (Gold Medallion Book) Award.
In March 2005, the book was propelled back into the national news when hostage Ashley Smith persuaded a captor to release her by reading portions of The Purpose Driven Life. Immediately, the book again made publishing history by returning to No. 1 on all best-seller lists three years after its release.
With its rise in popularity, Starbucks chose to quote Warren from The Purpose Driven Life in its 2005 “The Way I See It” campaign. Of the 63 quotations from writers, scientists, musicians, athletes, politicians and cultural icons featured on Starbucks’ cups, Warren’s was the first to mention God within the campaign.
“Movie stars and political leaders aren’t the only ones turning to Rick Warren for spiritual guidance,” said Time magazine of the book. “Millions of people–from NFL and LPGA players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates–meet regularly to discuss The Purpose Driven Life.”